A curfew is imposed in the cities of Kazakhstan, the flight of the elite abroad is reported

In Kazakhstan, the development of the socio-political crisis, caused by a sharp rise in gas prices, continues. By about 13 o'clock Moscow time, it becomes clear that the protests in the cities of the country continue, and the police units practically do not try to influence the protesters. Moreover, there are cases of the military going over to the side of the demonstrators.

The demonstrators, who had previously been forced to leave the streets and squares, return again and continue to hold rallies, and the most radical of them violate law and order. Thus, in Almaty there are cases of looting and pogroms, during which 120 shops and trade facilities, 180 catering establishments and about a hundred offices of small and medium-sized businesses were smashed and plundered.

The situation is aggravated by the seizure of the presidential residence in Almaty. At the same time, the Turkish media report on the flight of the local elite from the country. In this regard, the name of Nursultan Nazarbayev appears, since it became known about the departure from Kazakhstan of the co-owner of a large mining enterprise, whom many consider the "sponsor" of the former head of state. The KTK TV channel, which belongs to the Nazarbayev Foundation, also suspended broadcasting.

As follows from the data of the Flightradar service, over the past day about ten private jets flew from Astana and Almaty to Europe. They belong to various businessmen in Kazakhstan. Obviously, the future of President Tokayev and the Nazarbayev clan is far from obvious. It might be too late to fly out soon.

In order to normalize the situation, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev introduced a state of emergency in Nur-Sultan from January 5 to 19. For this period, a curfew will be in effect in the capital from 23 to 7 o'clock, a city commandant's office endowed with special powers is being created, restrictions on the rights and freedoms provided for by current legislation are introduced. Similar measures were previously taken in Almaty, as well as in Almaty and Mangistau regions.

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  1. Siegfried Offline Siegfried
    Siegfried (Gennady) 5 January 2022 17: 01
    it looks like there are no elite support strata in society in Kazakhstan who could take to the streets in opposition to the demonstrators. This means that there is no idea that could become a motivator for the struggle for the current system of power. In Russia, this idea exists - they are trying to destroy the country from the inside, to disrupt its economic growth, erase the unity of the nation and plunge society and the state into endless enmity - an external threat. In Kazakhstan, there is apparently a huge gap between the elites and society, given that even the security forces are going over to the side of the protest. What could the government of Kazakhstan offer its people as an idea? Imperial grandeur? - No, to become part of the Russian empire within the framework of the union state? - It could have worked if there were obvious resonators that give Kazakhs a reason to be proud of being a part of the empire. Perhaps a Kazakh heading the union state. High quality of life? - who will pay for it? Russia? We have already gone through this, paying for the ability to control spending by neighboring countries is so-so. But there are chances and it is possible Belarus. If the Russian Federation and the BR create a Union State, after which the standard of living in the BR will noticeably rise, and the economies of both countries will grow, this may serve as a magnet for other peripheral countries. Only by attractiveness will Russia be able to create something similar to the USSR, and this is, first of all, the standard of living. This can only be achieved by avoiding the Cold War with Europe and the United States. Against the background of a cold war, one can forget about the stability of any formations.
    1. Mikhail L. Offline Mikhail L.
      Mikhail L. 5 January 2022 19: 44
      The Cold War was not invented in the Russian Federation, and it cannot be avoided
      Western countries are not averse to dismembering Russia in order to de facto take possession of its natural resources.
      Therefore: the task of raising the living standards of the population will have to be solved under external pressure!
      China - it succeeds!
  2. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
    Ulysses (Alexey) 5 January 2022 17: 09
    So far, only one thing is clear.
    T. n. "power structures" of Kazakhstan turned out to be a complete crap.
    They allowed massive anti-state demonstrations and do not burn (to put it mildly) with the determination to curb them.
    The next day or two will make it clear whether we will have a centralized state close by, or Kazakhstan will follow the path of Kyrgyzstan.
    1. viktortarianik Offline viktortarianik
      viktortarianik (Victor) 5 January 2022 19: 10
      Why does it suck? Where did the personnel of the power structures come from? From the same people who came out to protests. Just the elite of Kazakhstan = the elite of Ukraine. Where did you keep those and those money?
  3. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 5 January 2022 17: 19
    Quote: Ulysses
    The next day or two will make it clear whether we will have a centralized state close by, or Kazakhstan will follow the path of Kyrgyzstan.

    Rather, Ukraine ...
    1. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
      Ulysses (Alexey) 5 January 2022 18: 38
      Rather, Ukraine ...

      Central Asian clannishness, kinship-based, is very different from the conventional division of Ukraine into east and west.
      There, the Russians will not be able to turn into "broad" in flight.

      I do not expect much of the northern Kazakhstani "Donbass" either.
      1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
        Marzhecki (Sergei) 5 January 2022 19: 09
        I live in the region bordering Kazakhstan. We have many Russian acquaintances from Northern Kazakhstan, they have been moving from there for a long time, buying apartments in the Southern Urals.
        They themselves say this: Kazakhstan is clearly divided into South and North. In the North, there are many Russians and completely Russified ethnic Kazakhs who do not even know the Kazakh language.
        And there is the Southern one, where conditional Selyuk-Raguli live, who persistently teach everyone how to be Kazakhs correctly. There were sketches in the kindergarten about the execution of a Kazakh student by Soviet troops. There, not only Russians, but also ethnic Kazakhs from the North suffer from the attacks of the southerners.
        Everything is very difficult. If anything, everything is ready for a civil war there.
        1. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
          Ulysses (Alexey) 5 January 2022 21: 58
          The wife is from Chimkent.
          Communicates with friends from south to north.
          Yes, everything is very complicated.
          But Russians prefer to sit out at home.
          There is no force there uniting the Russian diaspora.
          The Kazakh authorities either rotted her in prisons, or pushed her to Russia.
          Something like that.
        2. sH, arK Offline sH, arK
          sH, arK 5 January 2022 22: 31
          Well, just a copy from DUrkaina :-) There are also Western and Eastern ... And the raguli, in the end, although the most useless, but now they are the main driving force! All the rest lay down quietly under them, except for the Crimea and Donbass. But Crimea never considered itself a dUrkaina and did not consider itself - everything turned out logically with it, but the Donbass raguli were simply kicked out when they did not agree to lie under them ...
  4. Canich-dotoshnii 5 January 2022 18: 49
    But the patience of the Russian people can only be envied. After all, the prices for gasoline and gas in Russia are even higher than in Kazakhstan.
    1. Degrin Offline Degrin
      Degrin (Alexander) 5 January 2022 20: 12
      Ukrainian can be seen from afar
    2. viktortarianik Offline viktortarianik
      viktortarianik (Victor) 5 January 2022 20: 39
      The ratio of prices and wages is important, and not only for gas-petrol. The attitude of the authorities to the people is important, what is promised and what is being done. In general, you are certainly right.
  5. Degrin Offline Degrin
    Degrin (Alexander) 5 January 2022 20: 10
    I don’t feel sorry for them. At all. As well as the Ukrainians. Let them kill more of each other. They are not allies of Russia anyway
  6. Quote: Marzhetsky
    Kazakhstan is clearly divided into South and North

    we take the north to Russia, drive the south into the mountains to eat kumis with flies.
  7. I see the Arctic fox has arrived in Kazakhstan?
  8. Ursus maritimus Offline Ursus maritimus
    Ursus maritimus 5 January 2022 22: 36
    Nothing new. The script is standard. A militant, well-organized minority. And where were and what were the special services engaged in? Now they are asking the CSTO to send troops. For what? For police purposes? Guys! There are tons of examples. The most iconic: Ukraine, China, Crimea ... We see the results
  9. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 6 January 2022 14: 00
    Nazarbayev secretly, but encouraged the advancement of American interests in Kazakhstan, let alone Turkish ones. Today, it is the pro-Turkish gangs of nationalists and just bandits that have gone wild. For Russia, the expulsion of Nazarbayevism, that is, betrayal of the interests of the EAEU, should be beneficial. Although he is a great friend of VVP, although he has many open enemies of Russia in his friends, like Chubais and the like.
  10. Igor Berg Offline Igor Berg
    Igor Berg (Igor Berg) 7 January 2022 15: 52
    In Kazakhstan, it is very beautiful that another clan instead of Nazarbayevsky came to power. You have to be completely stupid to consider that the hand of Washington signed decrees on the increase in gas prices, etc. By the way, is that minister, or who signed there (and with whose permission or order) this decree, is he still alive?